Recently my Vaio VGN-FZ21Z harddrive crashed. When I finally received my computer with replacement harddrive (approx 1month after opening the first case) I noticed that Sony had installed Vista and setup the Sony user, I guess to ensure the new harddrive they installed was all working properly.
The first thing I wanted to do was do my own complete Vista installation so that I knew it was setup exactly how I wanted it to be. I selected to do a complete system recovery from the recovery drive, but this failed telling me that it was not possible to use this drive for this model. I received the exact errors:
"Cannot use this recovery disc for this computer. Confirm the model type."
"ERROR: MakeIniFromMcode, Error 89"
"Could not load Restore Complete System"
I received the same errors when using the recovery discs which I made when I first purchased the laptop, also with the discs I made after the harddrive was repaired, and the FZ21Z recovery discs that Sony sent me a few weeks ago.
To me the error implies that the Sony recovery discs will not install Vista because it detects that the model type is NOT the FZ21Z since it has had a foreign harddrive installed.
You're probably about to tell me to get Sony to sort it out.. which I have tried but they don't have any solution and want to collect the machine again. This is not an option for me as I am on business in Japan now, using my machine day and night.
Sony have told me that some other customers are now experiencing this, but they still haven't found the solution!
Anyone got any ideas????